Explore Pompeii with an Archaeologist

Pompei, Italy
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From $59.81

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get an in-depth introduction to the archaeological ruins of Pompeii during this archaeologist-led tour, which includes skip-the-line admission tickets. Save time by bypassing the usual wait and enter the premises directly. Listen to detailed commentary and background on the ancient Roman city, preserved for millennia under volcanic ash.
  • A skip-the-line, archaeologist-led tour of the ruins of Pompeii
  • Learn how a devastating eruption buried the city in 79 AD
  • Beat standard wait times with skip-the-line admission tickets
  • Get detailed insight and explanations from an archaeologist

What's Included

  • Dedicated guidance and assistance
  • Small group (maximum 20 people per guide)
  • Expert archaeologist as your guide
  • Pompeii skip-the-line ticket
  • Transportation
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via Villa dei Misteri
    Via Villa dei Misteri, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

    Porta Marina Superiore, the main entrance of Pompeii ruins close to the Circumvesuviana train station "Pompei Scavi Villa dei Misteri" and in front of the Hortus Bar.

End point

  • Piazza Esedra
    Piazza Esedra, 80045 Pompei NA, Italy

What To Expect


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Granai del Foro

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

House of the Vettii

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

House of Menander (Casa del Menandro)

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Casa del Fauno

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Stabian Baths (Terme Stabiane)

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Via dell’Abbondanza

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Teatro Grande

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
Operated by Askos Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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163 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
Reviews by Viator travelers.
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A highly entertaining day full of facts and highlights of Pompeii
Kim_L, May 2023
Roxanne was a wonderful tour guide! She made Pompeii come alive. She was very knowledgeable. I just wish we had more time to spend with her. I highly recommend this tour.
Very informative
Michael_M, May 2023
The guided tour provided important insight into the geography, population and history of the area, allowing for a much clearer picture of what the ruins represented. Our guide presented as well versed in all of the areas mentioned, integrating the physical components of the site in order to create an overall picture of life at Pompeii.
It was great! Very...
Eric_S, Apr 2023
It was great! Very informative and the guide was attentive. It was worth the money and we had a great time
What a great tour
Maryann_G, Apr 2023
Second time ever with Viator. This was worth every penny we paid. The tour guide was wonderful and very informative.
Top Notch!!
Jill_M, Apr 2023
Our tour guide was excellent! His knowledge of Pompeii, and that history was top-notch. Highly recommend taking this tour! Well worth the time.
Worst Tour Experience
Shelley_C, Apr 2023
I would not recommend this tour with Andrea. I booked a small group tour with an archeologist. At each point of interest he would stand in the 3 foot doorway talking for 15/20 minutes then quickly begin walking to the next stop not giving anyone time for photos or to see what he was speaking about. Most of the tour was spent unable to hear while we were running to catch up.
Far more interesting with an archeologist!
Claudia_C, Mar 2023
Andrea was knowledgable and informative. Highly recommend him. He made it a really enjoyable visit, including interesting facts for the kids too. Nice small group (8) as advertised. Unlike other ‘small’ groups, that end up being 15-20 people!
Pompeii — wow!
Linda_M, Mar 2023
Our tour and our guid, Michele M. Lamberti, were great! Being an archaeologist, Michele is very knowledgeable and he gave us an interesting and informative nonstop commentary on the history and culture of Pompeii and its people. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. We're thrilled to hear that you had a great tour with our guide Michele M. Lamberti!Thank you for highly recommending our tour services. It's wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your visit and that we were able to provide you with a memorable and educational experience. Thank you for choosing Askos tours for your visit, and we hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you back soon for another unforgettable tour.
Fascinating tour
Mark_C, Mar 2023
The tour guide was a professional archaeologist who knew all about Pompei. We were shown houses, shops, gardens a day mosaics
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hello Mark, thank you for your review.
Worth every penny!
Sarah_P, Feb 2023
Teresa was absolutely amazing. If you’re on the fence on if you should spend the extra to have an archeologist for your guide, do it! She gave us so much amazing information we had never heard before, even though we’ve watch several documentaries on Pompeii. She was so friendly and passionate about teaching us the history. She is an absolute gem! This was the tour we were looking forward to the most and Teresa well exceeded our hopes. One note to those with mobility issues or small kids, it is very uneven rocky ground with some very steep inclines. It is not at all stroller friendly and there is a lot of walking. I would not recommend bringing smaller children. It will be difficult to get them around. I have arthritis in my back and hip and was in a lot of pain. It was worth it for me to push through but others might not be able to make the whole tour.
Great tour and guide
Stephen_G, Feb 2023
We had a fantastic tour by Alessandra Sena, who is an archaeologist, who trained in Pompeii. She was very knowledgeable about Pompeii, the Romans and Vesuvius, and she really brought the town to life for us. She was very friendly and spoke great English. Highly recommended.
Pompeii review
Kim_T, Jan 2023
Alessandra was a very knowledgeable, passionate, and easy to understand tour guide. Pompeii was a unique experience as the site was significantly larger than we had expected. It was a maze of streets and alleys with shops and homes in various stages of ruin. The stories our guide shared were enlightening. While we are glad to have experienced it, it's not one we would do again.
Wonderful time for our...
Jeanne_S, Jan 2023
Wonderful time for our family to learn about Pompeii. Wish we could have learned more about the other areas. ( I previous went several years back and wanted family to see what I did previously) Good weather also made it pleasurable.
Fantastic family Pompeii experience
Sharon_F, Nov 2022
We recently had the most amazing guided tour with the archeologist Michele, from ASKOS tours. ( I hope I have remembered his name correctly ) In the nearly 2.5 hour long tour, he managed to fill every stop and in between walking with fascinating anecdotes and 'teen-friendly' history that made the Pompeii site come alive. Our very knowledgeable guide described in wonderful detail everything from how life would have been in Pompeii prior to the eruption, then how the site was discovered and has evolved in the hundreds of years since and continues to be modified today.
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Hi Sharon, we're very happy you enjoyed your visit, hope to see you soon!
Amazing cultural event!
Luis_B, Oct 2022
A once in a lifetime amazing experience! extremely interesting history! It felt a bit too crowded only!
Great tour
Qiana_C, Oct 2022
Tour guide was on time, and very knowledgeable. Would recommend this tour for others as well. Thank you
Highly recommended tour of Pompeii!
Ryan_S, Sep 2022
I highly recommend this tour when visiting Pompeii. My girlfriend and I booked this after exploring some other options and we’re extremely happy we chose this tour. Our archeological guide, VINCE showed us all the the important locations in a 2.5 hour exploration of the site. I was unprepared for how large Pompeii is and without this tour, we would have been wandering around without a clue. Pro Tip: if visiting with luggage, skip the train station and leave your bags just beyond the gate for FREE!
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you so much! :)
Great experience
Lakshmipathi_P, Aug 2022
Our guide Benedetto was quite knowledgeable, very friendly and paient . He was always encouraging the visitors to speak and ask questions.Also made it lively by asking us questions.
What an experience
chantelle_b, Aug 2022
We had Teresa as our tour guide. She was INCREDIBLE. I’ve done Pompeii before but Teresa really brought the city to life with her passion and her stories. It’s probably the best tour I’ve ever done. Couldn’t recommend her enough!
Janeth_H, Jul 2022
DO NOT BOOK WITH THIS COMPANY! They are the absolute worse and have terrible customer service. They messaged me via viator with an extremely fake message! That’s not how they treated me over the phone! I guess to look good with Viator they decided to message me acting like they were understanding and cared! I cannot believe Viator works with this type of company! I used Viator to book this vacations activities but won’t again knowing they work with these unprofessional business.
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Dear Janeth, we are sorry that you could not use our service, fortunately we will be able to demonstrate our professionalism to dozens of other international travelers. You did not participate in our experience, and we have complied with every Viator policy. We also offered you the entrance tickets at our expenses, even though we were not required to do so. You called to tell us that you couldn't arrive on time and we told you that if you arrived by 4:30 pm (your tour started at 2pm) we would at least give you the entrance tickets to visit the site on your own. You nevere arrived! We treat all our customers with respect, sorry you had a bad feeling. I'm sure yours was just the wrong impression.
Our Guide Theresa was...
Marwa_B, Jul 2022
Our Guide Theresa was just amazing ! All through the city, she went on and on telling us the stories and tips of Pompei ! She answered all the questions and was very nice and gentle and cared about everyone’s safety ! I definitely recommend the tour especially with her ;)
Our guide, Paolo Gardelli...
Sandra_H, Apr 2022
Our guide, Paolo Gardelli was excellent! His experience as n archeologist really enhanced the experience. He is a fantastic teacher!
Super visite et interessante !
Gene_R, Sep 2022
La visite fut des plus enrichissantes. Nous avons beaucoup apprit grâce a Nello ! Super sympa et pas du tout ennuyant au contraire il a capté notre attention jusqu au bout qu on ne s est pas rendu compte que c etait deja la fin de la visite. Merci encore a Nello pour son temps et de partager ses expériences et ses connaissances.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Merci beaucoup Gene :)
Thierry_F, Sep 2022
Visite du site de Pompéi avec notre guide Nello. Visite riche en informations et anecdotes grâce à notre guide archéologue . Très agréable matinée.
Tres Bon choix
Vincent_D, Aug 2022
Très belle expérience, guide très sympa, pédagogue et très efficace dans sa gestion des flux : nous avons vu beaucoup de choses sans faire la queue malgré une affluence certaine. Visite effectuée dans un groupe de taille raisonnable, avec un enfant de 12 ans qui a accroché. Seul bémol : les casques audio à renouveler.
Super pour bien comprendre la cité
Laetitia_P, Aug 2022
Visite très intéressante avec Silvia qui nous apprend mille choses avec beaucoup d’humour. Bravissima guida.
Passionnant et émouvant
Thierry_B, Aug 2022
Merci à Francesco de nous avoir si bien expliqué Pompéi et de nous avoir fait revivre l’histoire de façon vivante et claire pour partager sa passion des lieux. Nous recommandons !
Si pudimos descubrir...
Carmen_S, Jul 2022
Si pudimos descubrir Pompeya fue gracias a la amplitud de conocimientos que nos transmitió María Luisa, nuestra guía, lo sentía y vivía. Un 10, fue el 26 de junio, no lo olvidaremos!!
Une visite pleine...
olivier_c, Apr 2022
Une visite pleine d'informations et d'anecdotes inédites avec un guide archéologue lui même de Pompei. Passionnant.
Führung mit Alfredo eine große Bereicherung
Manfred_Brommer, Jul 2021
17.Juli: wenn man pompeij verstehen will, dann unbedingt auf dieser Tour mit Alfredo. Auf jede Frage eine Antwort. Tiefes Hintergrund Wissen und sehr einfühlsam. Hier versteht man warum die Römer hunderte von Jahren viel weiter waren als wir in Deutschland wo wir noch in den Höhlen gehaust haben

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